Summer is drawing to a close and school is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Portland is making the most of the last days of the season. Head to the Oregon State Fair, attend a concert or help clean up our fair city’s natural spaces. Read on to find out where your weekend can take you.

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SW Portland

Head to the 25th Annual Festa Italiana
The 25th Annual Festa Italiana returns to the Square! This festival celebrates Italian American culture with food, music, Opera, and more! Great fun for all ages! Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Clay Workshop: Terra Cotta Pots
Children and caregivers will work together to create a unique pot for flowers and plants out of traditional red clay. Learn techniques for coil pots, pinch pots, and slab construction, and then choose the best method for your project. These projects will be fired but not glazed. Unglazed terra cotta is very porous, allowing it to breathe and absorb water to keep your plant hydrated and healthy. With exclusive access to the Clay Studio, don’t miss this special opportunity to play, make, and share at Portland Children’s Museum.

All materials included. Dress to mess. Pieces will be ready to pick up 2 weeks after the workshop. (Plants not included). Sat. Event Details.

Salem

Attend the 2017 Oregon State Fair
The 152nd Oregon State Fair runs Sept. 4 in Salem. This year’s fair features two coloring contests and serves up big screams with more than 50 thrilling carnival rides. The annual attractions are also back with street performers, horse competitions, canine agility tests, world reptiles, nightly laser show, and much more. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Gresham

Turn Trash to Artistic Treasure
Turn trash and recycled materials to artistic treasure that is cool, cute and functional. Projects include: building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bags and bottles, plastic bottle planters, bottle cap magnets, notebooks out of recycled materials, and even pillows out of recycled materials. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Love Your Columbia at Broughton Beach Cleanup
Join volunteers who care about Broughton Beach as much as you for a summer litter sweep to keep the beach and water clean. Dress for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle, all cleanup supplies will be provided. Sat. Event Details.

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Attend the Portland Taco Festival
The Portland Taco Festival features Portland’s best local music, dancing, tequila and margaritas. This multi-day food, fun and music festival is a one-of-a-kind event. Far from the standard street fair, we will bring a new creative twist to what a city celebration can be. The modern street taco is really the embodiment of Portland’s melting pot culture. Mexican influences such as Green Chili mixed with metropolitan ideals create the diverse flavor unique to our great city. At the same time, the taco, playing the role of food vessel, lends itself to a wide array of styles and ethnic influence. From Greek tacos to California fish tacos, you will find them all here. This is the soul of the Portland Taco Festival.

There will be numerous exciting activities, including a Chihuahua racing competition, Tequila Expo, Live Lucha Libre wrestling and of course – amazing tacos. Kids 12 and under free! Sat. Event Details.

 

NE Portland

Attend Friday Lunchtime Music
Head to Holladay Park for a free lunchtime concert. Bring your own low back chair or blanket to enjoy the free music event. Holladay Park programming is held from June 1st through Labor Day. And this lunch time activity gives your family and opportunity to get down together and do summer the Portland way. Fri. Event Details.

Attend Drag Queen Storytime & Craft
Drag Queen Story Time was created to inspire creativity, jump starts kids’ imagination, and encourage open and accepting minds. Drag Queen Story Time presents positive gender-fluid role models and a glimpse at a world where people can present as they wish. A free craft will follow the reading!Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Be Amazed by the All American Magic and Ventriloquists Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Sun. Event Details.

Check Out the Hawthorne Street Fair
Visit Portland’s original “shop local” district and explore over a hundred businesses dedicated to community involvement, making the area a desirable place to live, work, and shop.
Some of the highlights include main music stage at 38th Ave; kids activities at Kids At Heart (35th Ave); and beer gardens at Bazi Bierbrasserie (32nd Ave), Growlers Hawthorne (34th Ave) and Hawthorne Hophouse (41st and Hawthorne). Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite end of summer activity or event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti